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These Birds Walk


Mon, Apr 29 7:00 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre

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Tue, Apr 30 3:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1

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Fri, May 3 9:00 PM
The ROM Theatre

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77 minutes | USA  | (Subtitled) Urdu  | Canadian Premiere | Rating: 14A

Driven out of their homes by poverty, abuse or neglect, runaway children in Karachi, Pakistan, have few safe havens from life on the city’s streets. The Edhi Home and Ambulance Centre, however, accepts them all, providing shelter, food, schooling and an even rarer necessity—love. Some children are quickly collected by a tearful parent, while others instinctively know their stays will be indefinite. Filmed over three years, a patient camera finds young boys at play, their teasing only a thin veil masking a deeper desire for understanding and friendship. Meanwhile, the home’s aging founder mentors a young ambulance driver, once a street kid himself, to put the children first no matter what the cost. As one youngster is driven home through Taliban country, however, both caregiver and charge must face an unexpected reality. Tender and beautifully composed, These Birds Walk crafts an unforgettable portrait of where a city’s most vulnerable and dedicated souls meet. Myrocia Watamaniuk

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Media Coverage

Bassam Tariq
Omar Mullick

Valentina Canavesio
Sonejuhi Sinha
Omar Mullick
Bassam Tariq

Executive Producer(s)
Daniel Berger
David Laub

Omar Mullick

Sonejuhi Sinha

Todd Reynolds

Damian Volpe

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